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Frank J. Wilstach, comp.  A Dictionary of Similes.  1916.
Gustave Flaubert
  Bright as live coals in the gloom.  1
  Commonplace as a street pavement.  2
  Crowding one another like a flock of black goats scurrying down the hills.  3
  Dreary as an empty house.  4
  Gasping … like a trout after water on a kitchen table.  5
  Gleamed as funeral lamps in a sepulchral chamber.  6
  Golden as the sunlight.  7
  Immaculate as Tanit.  8
  Immovable as a leopard crouching in the jungle.  9
  Immovable as a picture.  10
  Indistinct like the echo of a symphony dying away.  11
  Keen as arrows.  12
  Motionless as a king’s mummy in a catacomb.  13
  Pale as a moonbeam.  14
  Quivered like a harp of which the strings are ready to spring.  15
  Rosy as the dawn.  16
  Shaken as by a shudder.  17
  Shining as a saint on a holy pyx.  18
  Her heart beat more and more slowly, more gently and uncertainly, like a spring which is growing exhausted, like an echo which is sinking away.  19
  Smooth and shining, as a sword out of a sheath.  20
  Snug as a parson.  21
  Splendid as the sun.  22
  Sprawling … like a cowherd taking a siesta.  23
  Struggling like a captive dove which wishes to resume its flight.  24
  Swelled like a sail by the sea-breeze.  25
  Terrible as the god of war.  26
  Unmoved as a statue.  27
  Vanish as mist before the sun.  28
  Felt all her being vibrate as if a violin bow were drawn over her nerves.  29

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